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GIS Center to host GIS Day

The Austin Peay State University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center will host multiple guest speakers, a GPS excursion and a map gallery contest in honor of a global GIS Day celebration.

The events take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in both the McCord Building, Room 205C and the Morgan University Center, Room 307. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m., Nov. 14 in the McCord Building, Room 205C. All events are free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center will host multiple guest speakers, a GPS excursion and a map gallery contest in honor of a global GIS Day celebration.

The events take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in both the McCord Building, Room 205C and the Morgan University Center, Room 307. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m., Nov. 14 in the McCord Building, Room 205C. All events are free and open to the public.

Although the GIS Center has hosted guest speakers in the past, this year's events are on a much larger scale, according to Sue Breeden of the GIS Center.

“Our goal is to bring GIS awareness to as many people as possible,” Breeden said. “Many departments on campus, as well as some clients, have joined with the APSU GIS Center to showcase how GIS is used within each of their respective fields.”

In addition to GIS Manager Mike Wilson, speakers include APSU faculty from various academic departments, students from the geosciences department, as well as community leaders.

The GPS excursion will provide a fun and challenging navigation course designed for all ages, according to the GIS Center. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the event and certificates will be awarded to all participants.

The map gallery contest will award prizes in the following categories: “Best Data Integration,” “Best Cartographic Design,” “Best Student Poster” and “Viewer's Choice.” The deadline to submit a poster is Monday, Nov. 12.

For more information about GIS Day, contact Sue Breeden at the GIS Center by telephone at (931) 221-7500, or visit the GIS Day Web site at http://gisweb.apsu.edu/gisday/. -- Jessica Baird